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The controversial match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Israel in Jerusalem has been canceled, striker Gonzalo Higuain confirmed.
Although no national federation has officially announced the cancellation, Juventus & # 39; Higuaín effectively confirmed that Saturday's game is off.
He told ESPN: " They have finally done the right thing."
Meanwhile, Argentino f Hugo Moyano, vice president of the football badociation, said it was the right decision, on Radio 10 (via ESPN): "I think it's Good thing the match between Argentina and Israel has been suspended, the right thing was done, it's not worth it, things happen in those places, where they kill so many people, as a human being you can not accept that in any way. the players were suffering because of the threats. "
The accumulation of the device had been charged with tension.
According to Dejan Kalinic of Goal, head of the Palestinian football badociation Jibril Rajoub had asked fans to burn Lionel Messi shirts and photos of the five-time Golden Ball winner if they attended the scheduled friendly: " It is a great symbol, so we are going to attack him personally and we ask everyone to burn his image and his shirt and leave it, we still hope that Messi does not come ".
As noted by the ESPN report, the Teddy Stadium accessory caused a particular controversy because of its location in Malha, a part of Jerusalem. " located on the site of an old Palestinian village destroyed during the war that Israel established 70 years ago. "
The party against Israel was going to be the last preparation match of Argentina before the start of the World Cup on June 14.
The first match of Group D of the Albiceleste in Russia is against Iceland on June 16, before the meetings with Croatia (June 21) and Nigeria (June 26).